Last Thursday saw rallies, marches and actions taking place in over 90 cities across the United States in solidarity with the unfolding events in Ferguson, Missouri. While the situation is ongoing, there can be little doubt about a few basic facts. Michael Brown, a black teenager, was executed by the police for absolutely no reason. Officer Darren Wilson used lethal force to stop the “crime” of jaywalking, continuing to fire round after round into Brown’s body after the teenager had put his hands in the air to surrender.
A cheap PR stunt by the governor of Missouri involving state troopers replacing St. Louis county SWAT cops proved predictably, absurdly Orwellian – high ranking officers marched alongside protesters – yet did nothing to halt the onslaught of police violence once the sun went down. Rubber-encased bullets and chemical weapons have been fired on civilians and reporters each night since Brown was killed. Marshal law has effectively being instituted in Ferguson by way of a constitutionally ambiguous ‘curfew’.